Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: If you love Green Lanterns, then find this book!

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

If you love Green Lanterns, then find this book!

Seriously. I am referring to Green Lantern #13, from Volumne II, not the latest issue (although that is great as well). This one came out in June of 1991 and is a
DOUBLE-SIZED SPECTACULAR! It is written by Gerard Jones, with a variety of artists; M.D. Bright, Romeo Tanghal, Joe Staton, Bruce Patterson and Pat Broderick. It consists of three stories that all come together in the end, and it frankly is a whole lot of fun.

First, you have the Guardians back from their year of making whoopie with their "female counterparts". They are rebuilding the shattered battery, and trying to get the corps up and running again. Guy Gardner is the Lantern of Earth, Hal Jordan is out on recruiting duty, and John Stewart is trying to take care of the Mosaic. This also takes place right after the equally fabulous story of "A Guy and his Gnort" which I will cover eventually.

So Guy is back on earth, but feeling a little restless. He tries to get some therapy by pummelling Kilowog, but Kilowog knows that his heart isn't in it and gets Guy to open up. Turns out that Guy is having second feelings about dumping Gnort, the doglike fack Green Lantern. Gnort has a terrible crush on Guy, and actually helped save the day when Guy was fighting the Qwardians a couple of issues back. Kilowog is just stunned that Guy would actually consider doing something nice for someone, and tries to talk him out of it. Guy starts to get pissed, and flies off to pick up Gnort and take him to Oa. On the way however, Gnort gives Guy his old bone that he's had since he was a puppy, and now Guy is even more torn.
Meanwhile, Hal is manipulat...oops, TRAINING some of his new recruits. He's got
Chaselon, Larvoxx and Brik. Brik is rather fun, she of course has a crush on Hal, but he's not too responsive, since she isn't portrayed in typical super-heroine fashion. Anyway, they manage to defeat the Qwardians and learn a little about teamwork along the way.
Meanwhile...John Stewart is trying to keep the various groups on the Mosaic from killing each other,and also trying to convince the Guardians to stop screwing around and actually send these poor people home. The Guardians manage to dance around the questions quite neatly.
And we finally come to my favorite part of the book. Guy and Gnort have met up with Hal and his recruits, and start bickering as usual. John is looking rather grim, until he hears Hal and Guy's priceless dialogue, and starts to cheer up.
Guy says, "I mean, when you said "She" I was hyped for a babe. If you're gonna recruit a female, recruit a FEMALE! You know what I mean?"
Hal replies, "Save it, Guy".
John looks up with a smile on his face.
Guy says, "I mean, an UGLY super-heroine! It's unheard of!"
Hal retorts, "Save it, Guy. I'm not the one with the DOG!"
And so on and so forth. It's a rather fun moment, showing the cameraderie between the three of them. It is also about the last time it shows up, because shortly Hal starts to be more and more influenced by Parallax.
It is also the source for this picture:

Guy pictures

Aaaawwwww! So Hal flies up to get his recruits, and Guy has the task of trying to tell the Guardians that he wants them to make Gnort a REAL Lantern, which is just
hysterical, because he practically has to hit himself to make the words come out. There is a moment of stunned silence as the Guardians absorb what he's trying to say...and then they burst into laughter, and GO ALONG WITH IT! Of course they have to put their twist on things, and assign Gnort to be Guy's assistant on earth. Kilowog, John and Hal are just stunned. They've NEVER seen the Guardians laugh and don't quite know what to make of it. But the book ends with everybody charging up their rings and posing nicely.
There wasn't a whole lot of fighting or explosions in this issue,but it is just fun to read for all the character development going on. Find this book and read it. You won't be disappointed.


At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good taste! Like most of Gerard Jones' early run, I loved this issue. And the Kilowog/Guy fight/therapy is quite simply a thing of beauty...

At 9:11 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I know, I loved it when Guy and Kilowog would destroy the premises. REmember when they demolished the entire Green Lantern Headquarters and it collapsed on top of Arisia? Aahhh, good times.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger kalinara said...

Great review! You make me want to read the issues all over again! :-)


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